Lighting of the Forge 
    Dedicates Myers Inn Barn

On July 25th 2009, a group of volunteers began the long task of moving a granary from Bill and Sue Comisford on Blayney Road to 45 South Columbus Street where it will be used as a Blacksmith's Shop and Livery Barn for the Myers Inn Museum Exhibit.  The first summer the men worked to disassemble the barn and move the parts to the new location.  The second summer the barn was assembled with new siding and roof.  The third summer little progress was made because the State of Ohio stopped progress.  In May of 2013 the barn passed building inspection and work began again. 

On July 4th, 2012, the traditional lighting of the forge ceremony was used  to dedicate the barn.  About 36 people attended the ceremony in near 100 degree heat to witness the event.

At 12:22 p.m. the solar equinox for the day, a magnifying glass was used to light the forge using Vulcan's Forge (the sun).  Learn more about the history of the ceremony.

A black powder trail was made from the outside into the forge.


Lighting the powder

Flame catches







Blacksmith Rick Helwig with the fire in the forge

There is still work to be completed on the forge.  Since it is for exhibit, there will not be a flame continually burning in it.  Also the exhaust, the bellows and the sand pit will be finished before the blacksmith can use it.

Thanks to Amanda  Galindo and Polly Horn
for the photographs.

Learn more about the Barn


The Sunbury News, 7-12-2012


Delaware Gazette, July 17, 2012

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